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CloakNNNdagger
12-02-2010, 08:42 AM
Tracking Foster’s standout season (http://blog.houstontexans.com/2010/12/01/tracking-fosters-standout-season/)Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 1, 2010 – 11:00 am


A weekly by-the-numbers look at running back Arian Foster, who’s in hot pursuit of the NFL rushing title in his second season as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee:

Through 11 games, Foster…:

…leads the league in rushing yards (1,147). Next is the Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles with 1,021.

…leads the league in yards from scrimmage (1,600). Next is Charles with 1,380.
…leads the league in rushing touchdowns (12). Next is the Browns’ Peyton Hillis with 11.

…is tied for second in the league in total touchdowns (13) with Hillis. The Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe ranks first with 14 touchdowns.

…leads the league in 200-yard games from scrimmage (2). Eight other players have eclipsed 200 yards from scrimmage in one game. Foster had 238 yards from scrimmage in Week 1 and 218 in Week 12.

…is tied for the league lead in 100-yard rushing games (6) with the Titans’ Chris Johnson and Falcons’ Michael Turner.

…leads the league in rushing first downs (66). Next is the Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew with 60.


Other notes:

Foster is one of only 10 undrafted players in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. The most rushing yards in a single season by an undrafted free agent was 1,615 by Priest Holmes of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002. Foster is on pace for 1,668 yards.

Foster has gained a first down on 29.5 percent of his carries 224 carries. Since 1991, only five players have had a higher percentage of their carries go for first downs.

Foster is on pace for 1,668 rushing yards, 2,327 yards from scrimmage, 17 rushing touchdowns and 19 total touchdowns. The rushing yards would be 38th-most all-time; the scrimmage yards would be seventh-most all-time; the rushing TDs would tie for 22nd all-time; and the total TDs would tie for 26th all-time.

Malloy
12-02-2010, 08:46 AM
Wow, just wow.

I hope they'll let him blow those records wide open! :)

El Tejano
12-02-2010, 09:07 AM
It dawned on me last night that if he finishes the season as the leagues leading rusher, it will be the first time a Houston NFL team had the leagues leading rusher since the best RB that ever lived did it - Earl Campbell.

b0ng
12-02-2010, 09:42 AM
It's crazy how he's carving up extremely good running defenses (Jets, Chargers come to mind off the bat).

Big test coming up against Balty, but Arian has seemed more than ready to answer the bell this season.

CloakNNNdagger
12-02-2010, 09:58 AM
AF running through the Eagles D with a weaponized football.

http://cache.kotaku.com/gaming/MPH3.jpg

Ole Miss Texan
12-02-2010, 10:06 AM
So impressive. He's a lock to go to the pro bowl could even earn all pro honors with those numbers.

NitroGSXR
12-02-2010, 10:17 AM
I'll be honest... after seeing his interview last night on NFLn... he seems a little disconnected from the team. I thnk that Arian Foster will start to show signs of Arian Foster being all about Arian Foster. He just radiates that sort of jibe to me. I hope he remains focused and remembers that this is a football team because he is a badass. ALWAYS sheds the first tackler. LOVE IT!

Protect the rock.

b0ng
12-02-2010, 10:28 AM
I'll be honest... after seeing his interview last night on NFLn... he seems a little disconnected from the team. I thnk that Arian Foster will start to show signs of Arian Foster being all about Arian Foster. He just radiates that sort of jibe to me. I hope he remains focused and remembers that this is a football team because he is a badass. ALWAYS sheds the first tackler. LOVE IT!

Protect the rock.

That's what you got from that interview? I'm watching it right now he just seems soft spoken to me. Crediting his O-line and the passing game to all his success.

Maybe I'm just a Foster fan-boy and I don't know it (Actually the leading candidate for Foster manlove is definitely Carr Bombed).

NitroGSXR
12-02-2010, 10:39 AM
That's what you got from that interview? I'm watching it right now he just seems soft spoken to me. Crediting his O-line and the passing game to all his success.

Maybe I'm just a Foster fan-boy and I don't know it (Actually the leading candidate for Foster manlove is definitely Carr Bombed).

Yeah. I can't go by sound so I focused on his face for tone. All I do is read people like that all day long. It's how I get by in life. Of course, that shouldn't mean much or anything like that but it's just what I read into. The love for his team seemed somewhat force-fed looking at his expression. Arian wanted to talk about Arian Foster.

Eh... maybe I'm just paranoid.

Big Lou
12-02-2010, 01:24 PM
Isn't this the last year of his contract????


Oh SH*T!!!! Rick Pay the man!

HOUFan
12-02-2010, 02:03 PM
Isn't this the last year of his contract????


Oh SH*T!!!! Rick Pay the man!

I believe I heard a while back that he is still locked-up for two more years....but he is barely making around $400K, if that. He may pull a Dunta or Chris Johnson if we don't bump up that salary.

Mr. Texan
12-02-2010, 02:09 PM
http://www.texansgab.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Arian-Foster-Bow1.jpg

NitroGSXR
12-02-2010, 02:18 PM
I believe I heard a while back that he is still locked-up for two more years....but he is barely making around $400K, if that. He may pull a Dunta or Chris Johnson if we don't bump up that salary.

He's an exclusive rights free agent after the season.

Exactly wat that means? I kind of know but probably am confused. Anyone care to dumb the definition down into layman terms?

welsh texan
12-02-2010, 02:24 PM
Yeah. I can't go by sound so I focused on his face for tone. All I do is read people like that all day long. It's how I get by in life. Of course, that shouldn't mean much or anything like that but it's just what I read into. The love for his team seemed somewhat force-fed looking at his expression. Arian wanted to talk about Arian Foster.

Eh... maybe I'm just paranoid.

I haven't seen the interview but from the communication management training i've done over the years we are always told that 5% of communication is the words used and the other 95% is all in the way you say it. I'd say that puts you at an advantage when it comes to reading people when they're speaking NH cos all you are focused on is the body language and how they project themselves.

That said i sincerely hope you're wrong on this occasion of course.

2slik4u
12-02-2010, 02:28 PM
Am I the only one that is a little concerned about a possible contract dispute with him at years end?

Not saying he is "one of those types of players" with attitude issues but I do not see him handling the contract issue like AJ did.

I dont know, maybe Im just being a worrier but for some reason I can see him wanting to be paid as a top 3 back and holding out until he gets it.......assuming he finishes the year like he has started.

BigBull17
12-02-2010, 02:49 PM
I was super excited when we got him as an UDFA. I wanted him in damn near every round after 4ish. I didn't know he would be THIS good. When you watch him, you see that he can truly be one of the best in the NFL for a few years. Total package RB.

IDEXAN
12-02-2010, 02:50 PM
I'll be honest... after seeing his interview last night on NFLn... he seems a little disconnected from the team.
Do you mean by that that he seemed somewhat self-centered, preoccupied with himself, with his new found success or am I misunderstanding what you're saying ?

Calface4
12-02-2010, 02:53 PM
I could see him having some contract issues. NOthing major. But i definatly could not see him on another team's sideline next season. He wouldn't do that to us.... i hope

CloakNNNdagger
12-02-2010, 02:59 PM
He's an exclusive rights free agent after the season.

Exactly wat that means? I kind of know but probably am confused. Anyone care to dumb the definition down into layman terms?

An Exclusive-Rights Free Agent is an NFL player who is not under contract, but has only two years of NFL experience (less than 3 "accrued" years). If his former club (Texans) makes him an offer at the three year veteran minimum salary, then that's it, he has to take it or leave the NFL. These guys have no right to negotiate with other teams. They are "free" only in the sense that they're free to quit.

scourge
12-02-2010, 02:59 PM
Do you mean by that that he seemed somewhat self-centered, preoccupied with himself, with his new found success or am I misunderstanding what you're saying ?

I saw that to a minor extent when I watched it the first time. After seeing NH's take on it I watched it again with the sound off just for humor. Now I see where NH is coming from, and he may be on to something. Not to beat a dead horse, or sling him off a cliff(too soon?), but he was known for having a bit of an attitude when he came out of college if memory serves me correctly.

CloakNNNdagger
12-02-2010, 03:02 PM
I saw that to a minor extent when I watched it the first time. After seeing NH's take on it I watched it again with the sound off just for humor. Now I see where NH is coming from, and he may be on to something. Not to beat a dead horse, or sling him off a cliff(too soon?), but he was known for having a bit of an attitude when he came out of college if memory serves me correctly.

And had discipline issues in his 1st with the Texans that kept him off the field.

El Tejano
12-02-2010, 03:06 PM
I saw that to a minor extent when I watched it the first time. After seeing NH's take on it I watched it again with the sound off just for humor. Now I see where NH is coming from, and he may be on to something. Not to beat a dead horse, or sling him off a cliff(too soon?), but he was known for having a bit of an attitude when he came out of college if memory serves me correctly.

The questions they were asking were stupid ones. They kept asking him about Andre Johnson and even asked him about Cortland Finnegan. What? I would look that way too.

Later on he did say that as long as you have a Texan logo on your helmet he's going to play hard for you.

Mr teX
12-02-2010, 03:13 PM
He probably won't (or shouldn't) hold out next year b/c he can't really test the market with other teams & his current status as a exclusive rights FA. Plus no one knows what's going to happen with the lockout crap. He'll likely keep his mouth shut until the year after when he can fully test the market & if he has a season similar to this one, he shoult hit the lotto.

IDEXAN
12-02-2010, 03:39 PM
Even though Foster was with the team all of last year including the last 2 games of the season when he started and was the teams primary back and had over 200 hundred yards rushing, it's diffricult to understand that even then Kubiak & Co evidently didn't have a clue what they already had on their roster as they used their #2 pick in this years Draft to take another running back ?

Section516
12-02-2010, 03:45 PM
2 games not a season make. A season even does not make a career. There are many one years wonder. Steve Slaton much?

CloakNNNdagger
12-02-2010, 03:51 PM
Even though Foster was with the team all of last year including the last 2 games of the season when he started and was the teams primary back and had over 200 hundred yards rushing, it's diffricult to understand that even then Kubiak & Co evidently didn't have a clue what they already had on their roster as they used their #2 pick in this years Draft to take another running back ?

The question of SS is what they probably will say justified the pick. And AF's initial "discipline" problems also. But it still doesn't fully answer the question you bring up.

http://www.annedara.com/images/Anne-Indecisive.gif

97roc
12-02-2010, 04:05 PM
Our running game was atrocious, that is what justified the pick. SS being questionable and AF's history of injuries at Tenn also helped. At preseason, did anyone really believe Arian would be an everydown back and SS dissapear?

Jackie Chiles
12-02-2010, 04:14 PM
I could see him holding out and I would fully support him. Its not like hes going to be franchise tagged, hes going to be making the minimum.

Jackie Chiles
12-02-2010, 04:17 PM
Even though Foster was with the team all of last year including the last 2 games of the season when he started and was the teams primary back and had over 200 hundred yards rushing, it's diffricult to understand that even then Kubiak & Co evidently didn't have a clue what they already had on their roster as they used their #2 pick in this years Draft to take another running back ?

If Tate is the kind of player we think he can be we will get 2nd round value out of him for extending Foster's career alone. Never a bad thing to have multiple quality backs in this league. Plus that's a position we might not have to address in the draft for a while outside of the occasional late pick on an upside/system guy.

ChampionTexan
12-02-2010, 04:19 PM
Even though Foster was with the team all of last year including the last 2 games of the season when he started and was the teams primary back and had over 200 hundred yards rushing, it's diffricult to understand that even then Kubiak & Co evidently didn't have a clue what they already had on their roster as they used their #2 pick in this years Draft to take another running back ?

Consider this - The Eagles are generally considered to be one of the top teams in terms of both coaching and talent evaluation.

They had Mike Vick in camp last year, on the roster all of the 2009 season (including getting him on the field for some wildcat duties), a full off season/ training camp this season, and his previous tenure with the Falcons to evaluate him.

After all this, not only did they restructure Kevin Kolb's contract to reflect the fact that he was the starting QB and heir apparent to Donovan McNabb, it took several games into the season and some waffling/flip flopping on Andy Reid's part before it was clear what the Eagles ultimate decision was at the QB position.

Players sometimes practice differently than they play (both better and worse). Additionally, if two good games was all it took to gain a level of comfort regarding a players long term ability, our RB's at this point would include both Chris Taylor and Ryan Moats.

Also, there was a lot of heat directed to the Texans last year (and with more validity than this argument) regarding the fact that Slaton's sophomore season was a combination of injury and suckitude (probably in reverse order). I can't imagine anyone really expected the Texans to look at Foster and Slaton last April and come to the conclusion that they were set at RB for the '10 season.

IDEXAN
12-02-2010, 04:39 PM
If Tate is the kind of player we think he can be we will get 2nd round value out of him for extending Foster's career alone. Never a bad thing to have multiple quality backs in this league. Plus that's a position we might not have to address in the draft for a while outside of the occasional late pick on an upside/system guy.
Look at our 1-2 backs right now: one is Foster (an UDFA) and his backup is a vet FA pickup and its a solid positiuon for us. That's why I think using the #2 overall has to be an overreation to a legitimate but not top priority need in the presason, especially when you consider our huge needs on defense which were no secret before this season started but now with the play of the defense in the regular season have become even more obvious.
I know hindsite is 20/20, but using our 3rd or 4th or later on another back while using the first 2 or first 3 or even first 4 picks on just D would have been the move. Afterall its been no mystery around here about where this teams weaknesses are ?

IDEXAN
12-02-2010, 04:49 PM
Consider this - The Eagles are generally considered to be one of the top teams in terms of both coaching and talent evaluation.

They had Mike Vick in camp last year, on the roster all of the 2009 season (including getting him on the field for some wildcat duties), a full off season/ training camp this season, and his previous tenure with the Falcons to evaluate him.

After all this, not only did they restructure Kevin Kolb's contract to reflect the fact that he was the starting QB and heir apparent to Donovan McNabb, it took several games into the season and some waffling/flip flopping on Andy Reid's part before it was clear what the Eagles ultimate decision was at the QB position.

Players sometimes practice differently than they play (both better and worse). Additionally, if two good games was all it took to gain a level of comfort regarding a players long term ability, our RB's at this point would include both Chris Taylor and Ryan Moats.

Also, there was a lot of heat directed to the Texans last year (and with more validity than this argument) regarding the fact that Slaton's sophomore season was a combination of injury and suckitude (probably in reverse order). I can't imagine anyone really expected the Texans to look at Foster and Slaton last April and come to the conclusion that they were set at RB for the '10 season.

Can't go along with your comparison with Vick. He as a player, his very unusual and really infamous history resulting in actual prison time and the whole PR problems involving the league, the PETA thing, etc. make his situation unlike any other we've seen in or out of sports.
Of course many probably had thoughts about the restoration of his enormous skills/talent, but the fear of the risk in his downside was also always present
in their minds. Can you blame them ?

ChampionTexan
12-02-2010, 04:54 PM
Can't go along with your comparison with Vick. He as a player, his very unusual and really infamous history resulting in actual prison time and the whole PR problems involving the league, the PETA thing, etc. make his situation unlike any other we've seen in or out of sports.
Of course many probably had thoughts about the restoration of his enormous skills/talent, but the fear of the risk in his downside was also always present
in their minds. Can you blame them ?

No (That was kind of my point), but blaming them doesn't make any less sense than criticizing the Texans for not going all-in on a UDFA with two meaningful games under his belt and a background of maturity/attitude issues.

Jackie Chiles
12-02-2010, 04:55 PM
Look at our 1-2 backs right now: one is Foster (an UDFA) and his backup is a vet FA pickup and its a solid positiuon for us. That's why I think using the #2 overall has to be an overreation to a legitimate but not top priority need in the presason, especially when you consider our huge needs on defense which were no secret before this season started but now with the play of the defense in the regular season have become even more obvious.
I know hindsite is 20/20, but using our 3rd or 4th or later on another back while using the first 2 or first 3 or even first 4 picks on just D would have been the move. Afterall its been no mystery around here about where this teams weaknesses are ?

I would argue that our defense looked to be in better shape than our running game last year. By a lot actually. Seems like a mix of hindsight and revisionist history.

Hardcore Texan
12-02-2010, 05:00 PM
I saw AF on the "gentlemen's leauge", which is this little skit that airs on DirecTV's channel 101 right after Friday Night Lights, it's part of the filler for the hour long program time at the end because there is no commercials. He was hilarious! Also Owen Daniels and David Anderson have been on there a couple times. Check it out if you can.

Section516
12-02-2010, 05:08 PM
AF isn't just your normal player....Hes just weird. AJ humble, Matt looks nerdy, AF is weird..

hradhak
12-02-2010, 05:12 PM
I was really surprised to find out that he is leading the league in receiving for runningbacks as well. He's truly the best running back in the league. His ability to make that first guy miss is Barry Sanders-esque. I hope that he can keep it up for a long time.

2slik4u
12-02-2010, 08:52 PM
2 games not a season make. A season even does not make a career. There are many one years wonder. Steve Slaton much?

Weird vocab you did
in my best yoda voice.